Leadership Camp (Tunkhannock, PA)

What is the Leadership Camp?

The Leadership Camp is an action-packed, one-week overnight summer camp for entering 6th – 8th grade boys. Drawing upon decades of experience, the camp aims to help boys develop the skills and virtues necessary to be a leader. This year, we’re thrilled to go back to our historic campsite in Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania!

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2022 Dates: June 19 – June 25

The Program

Each boy is placed on a team with about 10 other campers with whom he shares a cabin, attends activities, and competes for prizes. Every morning campers attend a talk on a specific virtue, as well as classes on topics such as journalism, nature studies, great Americans, or military history. In the afternoons, boys compete in football, basketball, soccer, and dodgeball, followed by a refreshing swim. Other activities such as canoeing and archery are offered. In the evenings, there are night-games such as Fox Hunt and Capture the Flag, not to mention a Treasure Hunt and Talent Show. Spiritual activities, such as daily Holy Mass, the Rosary, catechism class, and confession, are also offered.

The Staff

The staff members of the Leadership Camp are carefully selected and trained to be outstanding role models. They share the ideals of the camp and are dedicated to the personal growth of each camper. Many of them are former campers themselves. The head staff are adult men who have experience running YSI programs and other character-building activities for young people.  The counselors for each team consist in college and high school students who are chosen for their maturity and experience.  The camper-staff ratio is 3 to 1.

Throughout the week, the counselors of each team help the boys to apply principles of leadership and lessons from the virtue talks to concrete situations during the camp. Most importantly, the staff speak individually with each camper to help him grow in self-knowledge and to formulate resolutions for growing in character after the camp.


Sunday, June 19 – Saturday, June 25, 2022

On Sunday, June 19, campers should arrive at the camp between 3:30 – 4:30 pm.  Sign-in and drop-off will not be available until 3:30 pm.

We will have “Dad’s Night” on Friday, June 24 starting with a talent show at 8:30 pm. Dads may choose to stay overnight at the campsite where we will provide beds without sheets (please bring sleeping bags and pillows) and breakfast the next day. On Saturday, June 25, we will have a Mass for the campers and their families at 9:30 am.  Campers should depart from the camp after Mass.


Campers normally take 3 classes at the camp.  Typical offerings are Journalism (for the camp newsletter), History, Public Speaking, and Catechism.  The classes try to spark a love for learning by getting the students actively engaged in the material and by covering special topics that boys find exciting.

Cost & Payment

Early bird special extended from March 15 until April 15

If application is received by April 15, 2022, the total fee is $600 (with $125 due at time of registration)

If received after April 15, 2022, the total fee is $700 (with $150 due at time of registration)

The application deposit contributes to the total fee. Full payment is due by June 19, 2022



Camp Kelly (formerly “Camp St. Andrew”)

349 Saint Andrew Lane, Tunkhannock, PA 18657

Leadership Camp office during the year

139 E. 34th St., New York, NY 10016

Directions & Transportation

Click here to go to the camp location on Google Maps in a new window.

Parents should make transportation plans for their son to go to and from the Leadership Camp.  Campers should arrive at the camp on Sunday June 19, 2022 between 3:30 – 4:30 pm.  They should depart from the camp on Saturday June 25, 2022 between 10:00 – 11:00 am.

In order to facilitate transportation plans, we help to connect parents who are interested in carpooling with other parents in their area.  On the camper registration form, you will have an opportunity to mark whether or not you would like your contact info (city, state, home phone number) to be shared and whether you would like to receive that of others.  For those who mark yes, we will send you this contact information starting about a month before the camp.


Registration Information

 Click here for the 2022 Camper Registration Form.

A brief phone interview is required for any family who has not had a son attend the Leadership Camp before.  A staff member will call you after submitting the registration form.

Please send a $100 deposit at the time of registration.  Payments should be made online by clicking on the “Payment” tab above.  Registrations will not be considered complete until the deposit is received.

Space is limited: first-come, first-served.

For more information

If you have any questions, please email pa-camp@ysi.org or call 412-214-8419 (please leave a voicemail, and we will get right back to you.).